Roger Goodell might want to stop talking now.
The NFL commissioner continued to dig himself into a deeper hole on the league’s fumbling of domestic violence cases during an interview with Richard Conway of BBC Sports.
Goodell, who is in London for Sunday’s Giants-Rams game at Twickenham Stadium, even seemed to blame fans for the outrage over Josh Brown’s weak one-game ban.
“I understand the public misunderstanding of those things and how that can be difficult for them to understand how we get to those questions,” the commish told Conway, according to the transcript posted on the journalist’s Facebook page.
Say what? Misunderstanding?
Conway’s question was straightforward: “The criticism that comes back to you is that people see punishments for touchdown celebrations but then only one game for a domestic violence incident. It must be very difficult to balance those things and explain them?”
So, according to Goodell, the fans just don’t understand what’s going on?
Josh Brown will continue to get paid while the league re-opens probe into his abuse of now ex-wife.
“But those are things that we have to do,” Goodell continued. “I think it’s a lot deeper and a lot more complicated than it appears but it gets a lot of focus.”
What’s complicated about saying Brown should get a six-game ban for terrorizing his wife?
The focus has been squarely on the NFL, the Giants and Brown after horrifying new details were provided on Wednesday by the King County (Wa.) sheriff’s department, including a journal kept by the Giants kicker in which he admitted abusing his then wife Molly. Giants co-owner John Mara revealed Thursday the team was aware of Brown’s spousal abuse admission when they elected to sign him to new contract this summer.
Brown, who served his one-game ban in Week 1, was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list on Friday. He won’t play for the Giants – but will collect his weekly $87,000 paycheck – while the league re-opens their investigation to probe “other incidents of abuse.”
Goodell continued to throw the blame for the weak initial response to Brown’s May 22, 2015 physical assault on Molly to the league’s inability to get the type of documents that were released on Wednesday. The Daily News had previously obtained documents that showed 20-plus alleged violent encounters between the 37-year-old NFL player and his wife, including one when she was pregnant.
“Well you have to go and get the facts,” Goodell told Conway. “We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that’s been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren’t able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have.
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“We take this issue incredibly seriously.”
Many around the league have a hard time taking the commish seriously on this topic when the league’s own beefed up Personal Conduct Policy calls for a baseline six-game suspension for domestic violence or sexual assault.
49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith called the league’s initial response “disrespectful.”
“It’s disrespectful to the good men in the league that handle themselves the right way … you get punished for having fun but JB (Josh Brown) can get paid.
“Celebrating a TD will get you fined but being an abuser can keep the checks coming in.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News